Averna introduces DOCSIS 3.1 protocol analyzer

September 25, 2014. Averna has announced the DP-1000 DOCSIS 3.1 protocol analyzer. Developed with major industry players and designed for both DOCSIS 3.0 and DOCSIS 3.1, the Averna DP-1000 can be used to analyze, debug, maintain, and monitor local networks and Internet connections. Multiple systems operators (MSOs), chipset manufacturers, product developers, and certifications bodies can use it to quickly find and correct trouble spots in order to maintain high quality of service.

Optimized for real-time signal processing with FPGA technology, the DP-1000 analyzes up to 32 x 8 single or bonded US/DS channels (DOCSIS 3.0) and 2 x 1 OFDM US/DS channels (DOCSIS 3.1), and it includes numerous channel-filtering, demodulation, triggering, display, and upgrade features.

As a passive sniffer between CMTS and CPE devices, the DP-1000 silently captures and filters DOCSIS MAC-layer data in real-time to verify RF parameters, validate MAC-level communication, troubleshoot interoperability issues, and improve network performance.

The DP-1000 supports both DOCSIS 3.0 and 3.1 protocols through FPGA-based signal processing. It features an input DS frequency range of 5 MHz to 1.8 GHz (5 to 200 MHz US), and resolution of 1 MHz. It supports up to seven acquisition cards of 200-MHz bandwidth each (five DS, one US, and one additional US or DS). It is contained in a single, 19-inch, 4U rack for minimal footprint (27 kg). It's FPGA-based architecture is highly flexible, configurable, upgradable, and extendable.

“DOCSIS 3.1's higher bandwidth and higher-speed data-communication capabilities will open up new doors for MSOs in a number of areas, including business services, over-the-top (OTT) video, 4K video, and 3DTV,” commented Alex Pelland, director of broadband test strategy for Averna. “As providers begin evaluating D3.1 equipment, they also need to consider the best test tools required to troubleshoot communication issues. Averna’s DP-1000 protocol analyzer is designed to handle both new D3.1 challenges as well as current D3.0 deployments, and help providers maintain their networks with the highest quality of service.”


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